Urinary bladder, prostate, reproductive tract, intra-abdominal lymph nodes, small and large intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary tract, great vessels and mesenteric & serosal surfaces are evaluated.
If warranted, ultrasound guided aspirates and/ or biopsies can be performed subsequent to the initial scan.
Please ensure that patients are fasted (NPO) for at least twelve hours prior to the ultrasound examination (with the exception of obligate drinkers / eaters). Gastro-intestinal contents such as gas and ingesta can make the scan challenging and ultimately affect the diagnostics capabilities.
Micro-convex, linear and convex probes are used alone or in combination in an effort to visualise all intra-abdominal structures. Even the largest patients can be scanned efficiently and with a high degree of sensitivity.
Ultrasound examination for portosystemic shunts is also available.
Echocardiography allows us to determine very quickly whether your patient’s clinical signs are attributable to cardiac disease. This will allow you to advance the treatment of your patient in a very timely fashion and reduce unnecessary costs and therapies.
Once the problem has been determined to be of cardiac origin, we can evaluate or confirm the presence of:
- valve structure and motion (prolapse)
- chamber sizes
- systolic function (myocardial contractility)
- diastolic function
- wall thickness
- pulmonary hypertension
- congenital defects
- pericardial space disease
- heart base tumors
This information is collected through the use of two-dimensional and M-mode imaging and colour-flow, pulsed wave and continuous wave Doppler. Tissue Doppler is available as well.
We are happy to discuss the echocardiographic findings with you but also recognise the importance of veterinary cardiologists in the management of your patients. When appropriate, we will recommend a second opinion by our cardiologist and assist in getting all the necessary information to them.
Ultrasound of Thyroid/ Parathyroid is very useful for patients with unexplained hypercalcemia or a palpable cervical mass.
Using our high frequency linear probe, we are also able to obtain detailed images of the salivary glands, the esophagus, great vessels, cervical musculature and regional lymph nodes.
Ultrasound is very sensitive for the diagnosis of pregnancy. Although pregnancy can be detected as early as 17-19 days in dogs and 11-14 days in cats, scanning at 21-25 days is usually recommended. Fetal viability is assessed by heart rate and fetal movement assessment. Please note that we will always estimate fetal numbers +/- two fetuses.